Panthers WR Robby Anderson reflects on 1-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s death

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2020 was a traumatic year for many people. One could accurately describe the last 12 months as a literal triumph of death. While COVID-19 was already making its way around the globe, for some people the horrors began one year ago today.

On January 26, 2020 Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA. They were on their way to a girl’s basketball tournament. Bryant’s death shocked the sports world, including players around the NFL. On this anniversary, some are reflecting on it – including Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson, who shared this.

Bryant was 41 at the time of his death and he will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in May along with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.

As for Anderson, last year actually turned out pretty well – at least from a professional point of view. He posted career highs in catches (95), receiving yards (1,096) and catch rate (69.9%). Anderson has one season remaining on his two-year, $20 million contract but the Panthers should think about giving him an extension, which could free up more money in 2021 to keep around the likes of Curtis Samuel and Taylor Moton.

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